PlayStation Network and SOE Go Down Following Cyberattacks

Posted by at 11:42 am on August 25, 2014


Both the PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) are slowly recovering from a denial of service attack that flooded their server connections, kicking many gamers offline. PlayStation Network was unavailable Sunday morning due to a denial-of-service, commonly referred to as DDoS, attack. The group claiming responsibility, Lizard Squad, reportedly .

Attacks on the PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) seervers appear to have started early Sunday morning. The PlayStation Blog and Twitter account confirmed that the company was having issues with “artificially high traffic.” SOE President John Smedley stated that the high traffic was a result of a DDoS attack that was happening upstream of the SOE servers. The post on the PlayStation Blog indicates that “no personal information has been accessed.” The theft of personal information is a concern for Sony as it witnessed a large scale breach in 2011.


PlayStation Network was back online on Monday following a cyber attack that took it down over the weekend, which coincided with a bomb scare on a commercial flight carrying a top Sony executive in the United States.

Sony’s PlayStation Network, the online service that connects PlayStation 3 and PS4 videogame consoles to the Internet and to over-the-top video services such as Netflix, has been down much of the day after a dedicated denial-of-service attack left Gamers looking to log in to PSN or play games such as Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, and Diablo III, may run into some difficulty, as these services, as well as online games League of Legends and Path of Exile have been hit by DDoS .

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